Crows and bins …

We were visiting a hospital in Melbourne, nothing serious, just J’s periodic checkup with her rheumatologist, and as in the way of hospitals we skipped breakfast to make an early morning appointment, rushed there on the tram, only to discover they were already running 45 minutes late.

So, having skipped breakfast we decided to have some in the hospital cafe.

And as it was a pleasant summer’s day we sat at one of the outside tables.

As you would expect there were the usual sparrows, but also some very large sleek looking crows.

One of the crows hopped up on one of the bins and using native crow cleverness started pulling up the black bin bag liner until it could get at the rubbish, then neatly picked out a freshly deposited sandwich bag, pulled out the half eaten sandwich, and then started to feast on it, later sharing what was left with its fellow crows.

A wonderful example of clever crow behaviour, first in obviously watching who was throwing away what, and then in working out to pull up the bin liner to retrieve the sandwich bag it wanted, and only that bag …

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